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PNE+: Nonpharmacological Approach to Treating Pain

presented by Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD

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Financial: Adriaan Louw publishes books on pain and receive an honorarium for the sales. He co-owns and teaches for a seminar company offering continuing education for healthcare providers. Adriaan is a technical consultant for a pain science virtual reality company from which he receives royalties. He also receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Adriaan Louw has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 34 Minutes

Education as a stand-alone treatment is limited in changing human behavior. Pain neuroscience education is no different. When pain neuroscience education is combined with behavioral strategies, such as movement, sleep hygiene, and goal setting, marked improvement in pain and disability ensues. This is an introductory course for athletic trainers, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, and other licensed medical providers in inpatient, outpatient, home health, and school settings. Clinicians completing this course will recognize how PNE+ evolved from pain neuroscience education as a powerful means to change behavior. When we combine pain neuroscience education with exercise, pacing, graded exposure, sleep hygiene, and goal setting, powerful changes occur in people experiencing pain.

Meet Your Instructor

Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD

Adriaan earned his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and PhD in physiotherapy from the Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught postgraduate spinal manual therapy and pain science classes throughout the US and…

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1. PNE+ and Movement

This chapter discusses the evolution of the PNE+ concept and covers its power to promote behavioral change. Students will learn about PNE+ as a primer for exercise and movement, including the concepts of pacing and graded exposure and how to teach people about exercise using metaphors.

2. PNE+ Sleep Hygiene and Goal Setting

This chapter discusses the importance of sleep and provides students with a practical, applicable toolbox to promote healthier sleep patterns in their patients. Additionally, learners will discover pearls about goal setting, coping skills, and the use of PNE+ as an anti-opioid program.

3. Patient Goal Setting

This chapter builds upon the prior chapter with further discussion about PNE+ and goal setting and its purpose, and how to masterfully take a large task and break it into parts. This chapter includes a discussion with a clinician to assist with clinical carryover.

4. Clinical Pearls

This final chapter uses lecture and anecdote to deliver rich clinical pearls from seasoned clinicians well versed in integrating PNE+ into the clinic. Learners will finish this chapter with a multitude of options for immediate clinical integration.

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